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Echoes of a Heartbeat by Lilian Amah It seems to Kehinde Lawson that her husband, Dr Femi Taylor, is all that she could wish for. Then disaster strikes: Femi is run down in a Lagos street, and Kehinde is left to pick up the pieces... as a pretty widow. The stage, her secret obsession, beckons. Success as an actress, plus the attentions of her leading man, point to a bright new future. But Derrick, her child by a former lover, slowly seeps back into her life, and in time there's another fatality, a visit from the police, and a trial for the most serious crime of all. Who is guilty? Lilian Amah's roller-coaster novel shows us beautifully the fine line between love and suspicion, malice and murder, set against the backdrop of a vibrant modern African nation. Nigeria: the Stolen Billions by Agwuncha Arthur Nwankwo One settled question about Nigeria is its dreaded decay and destruction by institutionalised corruption personified by the military and their civilian collaborators. This book clinically confronts, dissects, exposes and captures the systematic looting of the resources of a modern state. Through rigorous research and cold realism the author explores the dark crevices of the vastly decadent world of military dictators and their cold blooded strategies and ruthlessness, exposing in the process vast fortunes stashed away in the banking capitals of the world. Serpentsby Abiodun Adeniji Who set fire to the house of Chief Akilapa, the executive chairman of Lagos Island Local Government? Sergeant Slaughter is convinced that Pastor Job, Chief Akilapa's political rival, is responsible for the crime: he had mounted a campaign which saw Chief Akilapa de-robed as Seriki of Christ Touch Cathedral, ran for the chairmanship of the local government against Chief Akilapa and, a few days to election, several people, including his protege, allegedly saw him committing the crime. To Seargent Slaughter, it is an open-and-close case. But is it?